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filters

PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:02 pm
by Photoman
Is there such a thing of too much over filtering of water in your tank? How much is too much?

Re: filters

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:00 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
As a matter of opinion, I would argue "no." I would think that anything that traps particulates for easier removal and increases surface area for "good bacteria" can only help. I think, however, there is a point where filtration, depending on the type you are using, can lead to too much water flow for a species' comfort. I did this to a poor Betta once, and he got knocked about the tank until I pulled him out for a calmer home. In an even worse case, I sucked some micro-rasboras right into the filter.

Hope this helps!

Eric

Re: filters

PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:05 am
by F15FreeEagle
PVT-Kanaka wrote:As a matter of opinion, I would argue "no." I would think that anything that traps particulates for easier removal and increases surface area for "good bacteria" can only help. I think, however, there is a point where filtration, depending on the type you are using, can lead to too much water flow for a species' comfort. I did this to a poor Betta once, and he got knocked about the tank until I pulled him out for a calmer home. In an even worse case, I sucked some micro-rasboras right into the filter.

Hope this helps!

Eric


Exactly. Imo you cannot have too much filtration, but you can have too much flow.

Re: filters

PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:28 am
by Photoman
How can I tell if I have too much flow?

Re: filters

PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:34 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Photoman,

You'll have to watch the fish. In the worst case, the poor thing gets sucked into an intake. I the case of my betta, as I recall, he had to wait in the lee of a decoration, zip out, and swirl back with the currents. You could tell he was struggling. I'd say start with what you have, then add a pump or filter and wait.

I would suggest you could also make a rough guess based on body shape and fins. If the fish looks like a torpedo, it mike like the flow. If it has long, decorative fins, it might auger against a strong flow. Better than guess would be read up on the critter first. My now-algae-plagued 55 gallon positively rips, but I designed it that way for the fish I wanted to keep. Thank tank's pre-upgrade residents really changed their behavior and appeared much happier after the fact!

Aloha,
Eric

Re: filters

PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:12 pm
by ScottFish
Good suggestions. Any update?

Re: filters

PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:22 pm
by C. Andrew Nelson
Photoman wrote:How can I tell if I have too much flow?


If the fish are all slammed up against the side of the glass then you might want to reduce the flow a bit. :rofl: (Sorry, couldn't resist.)